2019 American Music Awards

Matt and Kim Open Up At Coachella

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Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino of Matt and Kim perform onstage during day 3 of the 2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Club on April 17, 2016 in Indio, Calif.

Playing the main stage of Coachella on day three of the festival, Brooklyn duo Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino came in with similar objectives as they explained from the stage. Following their energetic opener, “It’s Alright,” Johnson told the crowd about how they’d last played Coachella in 2010 and he still remembered that show six years later. So his goal on this night was to have another show they’d remember six years later.

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Drummer Schifino explained it more succinctly though. “We are gonna f--k some shit up and get weird,” she exclaimed, drawing loud cheers.

Musically, the Brooklyn duo’s blend of upbeat indie pop with dance tones is never going to get that weird. Songs like ‘Tonight,” “Make A Mess” and “Daylight” are fun-loving guaranteed crowd pleasers that make it easy for the crowd to bounce and jump on cue when Johnson asks them to do so. And the mixed in snippets of songs or covers such as Van Halen’s “Jump” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” are equally crowd friendly.

Following the party-esque “Tonight,” where the crowd lost it almost as enthusiastically as the video image they had in the background of a screaming Oprah Winfrey Schifino exclaimed, “That is everybody is getting f----ng laid at Coachella this weekend.” Johnson and Schifino, a long time couple already had as they shared with the crowd. “Kim and I had morning sex,” Johnson explained. After the set in a backstage interview Schifino told us how she has always has preferred morning sex and will often wake Johnson up in the morning to have sex.

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But their stage story was not done as Johnson recalled how Schifino had gotten a bloody nose from the dry Coachella air. That wasn’t the reason Schifino told the audience. “He’s just being modest,” she said. “He f---ed me that good.”

They definitely are not shy about sharing, which is a big part of the charm and fun of the duo on stage. Their honesty creates a bond with an audience that wants to know as much as it can about their favorite musicians. And you don’t want to miss a moment because who knows what hilarious or “I can’t believe they just said that” statement might be next. Between their candor and the music, Matt and Kim definitely delivered one of the most engaging and joyous sets of the weekend. 

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